This week we asked the talented Gwyneth to answer our Maker Monday questions.
Gwyneth and Dave Hulse
HOW LONG HAS YOUR BUSINESS BEEN GOING?
ARE YOU A LONE WOLF OR HAVE STAFF/HELPERS?
It began as my (Gwyneth’s) hobby and I did everything myself. However, as the business has grown my husband Dave has joined me. Dave now does most of the cutting and prep work, while I do the painting and finishing.
WHAT MAKES YOUR DESIGNS SPECIAL?
Our designs are based on the modernist principles of simplicity, geometry and the celebration of natural materials. This combined with the fact that we use only locally sourced, native timbers gives our work a cohesive look and simple elegance. Many of the timbers we use are rare and they hold special value.
WHAT HELPS WHEN THE CREATIVE JUICE IS FEELING SLUGGISH?
Talking to other people and working collaboratively is a good way to get the mind ticking again. For me it just takes a random comment or two from someone else to help me to look at work from a different angle or perspective.
IS YOUR WORKSPACE A MESS/ORGANIZED MESS/SUPER TIDY OR…..?
Quite messy! we try to spend as little time as possible on the not so important aspects of the business and unfortunately this is often reflected in the un-tidiness of our workspaces. We dream of a super organised minimal space with white walls and perfectly organised shelving systems and labels… At this stage of our lives it does not quite work with young kids and sanding dust, but we live in hope.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN/COLLECTION SO FAR & WHY?
Our favourite item would have to be the Flying Bird, we love how they move and the way people are drawn to them. They were also the first item we made and we were only planning on making one for our kid’s bedroom!
DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE DESIGNING/CREATING?
No, our children and woodworking machinery are noisy enough without adding music to the mix. Silence is bliss!
PIZZA OR BURGER?
Can’t beat a totally homemade burger.
3 THINGS IN YOUR BAG YOU COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT.
Wallet, phone and car keys — I've got a very boring bag! If the kids are lucky there will be a snack or too lurking in my bag as well.
ARE YOU A DESIGN LARK OR OWL?
I’m naturally a lark, but also find it quite easy to be an owl as the quiet of the house is rather addictive.
TODAY I AM MADAME ‘industrious’ PANTS.
-Thanks Gwyneth (& Dave!). Check out their goodies over here (more heading our way in November!)
Also! Check out Gwyneth's interview in the NZ Herald.